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Sceranková, Pavla / Research

2015

Thonet wooden chair, four preserve jars with bamboo stoppers

purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

This piece again reflects Sceranková’s unique means of expression. An everyday item – this time a chair – is re-contextualized as a levitating object. The static principle of the preserve jars, representing preservation and thus stabilization, contrasts with the unanchored levitation, the de-materialized transparency of the water in which the chair stands inside the jars. This physical abnormality generates tension, which also encodes the challenging topic of humans’ trust in their sensory perception of the world. While we are enchanted by the vision of a chair levitating in water, we are in fact viewing an optical illusion which masks the real structural solution that anchors the chair in place and thus prevents us from perceiving the truth. In the most general sense of the word, the object mediates physical relativism and evokes questions regarding the truthfulness of the material world, which can also be interpreted as a nexus of energies. The image of the chair as a symbol of stability and the direct connection with the ground is thus subverted in this context, and is shifted to the level of absurdity – which is nevertheless also the level of truth.


SCERANKOVÁ PAVLA

(*1980, Košice, Slovakia) Multi-genre artist. From 2000 to 2006 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (Miloš Šejn, Milan Knížák), completing her studies with her dissertation in 2011. Between 2002 and 2010 she travelled abroad for study stays in Stuttgart, Berlin, Aberdeen, Quebec and Budapest. She has won a range of prizes, including the Josef Hlávka Prize (2002), the Rector’s Prize from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts (2006) and the Václav Chad Prize (2009). She has exhibited individually since 2006 and as part of group exhibitions since 2004. Sceranková’s works incorporate both traditional sculptural techniques and novel ready-made approaches as well as elements of performance art. She re-contextualizes everyday objects, altering them by changing their materials, dimensions and shapes – which in turn creates altered effects. She often explores the possibilities of kinetic movement and the principles of levitation, as well as destruction and destabilization. Her work also includes interventions into architecture, e.g. Umzug (2007) and Go Away – Come Back (2009) – a unique set of monumentalized mechanical objects functioning as a kind of puzzle.
fragments of a cup, wooden sticks; 84 × 70 × 37 cm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2010

Sceranková, Pavla / Picture from the Kitchen

video sculpture, 8-second loop, OSB boards, elastic cord with hooks; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2007

Sceranková, Pavla / Up!

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Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

undated
Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

1921
Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

undated
Bednář, Daniel / Field

Bednář, Daniel / Field

2011
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